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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Death to the Tangle Teezer!

When I first started using the Tangle Teezer, I thought I had found my holy grail detangling tool. I was in complete awe at how well it removed tangles as it gently glided through my hair. But alas I was plagued with an unusual amount of rough and split ends. It was so bad that I ultimately ended up trimming about an inch off my ends. I love the feel of fresh healthy ends, but I'm disappointed that I am no longer grazing APL. I have to return back to old faithful, my wide tooth comb. I chucked the tangle teezer in the garbage, so i can't be tempted to use it again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wash n' Go Part 2: Eco Styler - Olive Oill

I am so late posting this. Last week I tried another wash n' go using Eco Styler - Olive Oil. Although I used a tad bit more gel than needed, I was in love with the results. The best part of the whole experience is I managed to get second day hair.Smiley  I could not believe it. Now, if I can find a way to make it last 3-4 days, I'll really think I'm doing something.

Here's the videos:

Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wash n' Go Part 1: Conditioner only

Since the weather is starting to get warmer, I want to revisit the wash n' go. I haven't worn this style in almost a year, when my hair was drastically shorter. At the time I was doing a true wash n' go. Meaning I did all detangling, product application, and styling in the shower. Since my hair is longer, I'm on a quest to find a technique that will give me great results with minimum knots and tangles.

The first technique I used was the conditioner only method. Not to be confused with the Tightly Coily method. I did not follow Teri's instructions. If you are not familiar with her technique, check out Tightly Curly. Anyway my video is below. Tell me what you think.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cornrows / Two Strand Twist

I usually wear my hair in two strand twists or a bun when protective styling, but this week I really wanted something a little different. So, I cornrowed the front and one side of my hair. Then two strand twist the end of each cornrow and the hair that was left out. I curled the twist with flexi rods. I really like the style and it will definitely become a staple protective style for me.

Here's the pictures:

It was really late when I decided to do this style, so there's no video...sorry!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Herbal Essence Touchably Smooth Conditioner

I've seen several great reviews for various Herbal Essence conditioners, but none for the Touchably Smooth conditioner, so I decided to give it a whirl to see if it can compare to my beloved HH Hello Hydration. I've been using it exclusively for a little over a month as a co-wash, rinse-out, and leave-in.

What they say: It's in the stars! See smoothness in your future? How about some protection from humidity? Try this deep conditioning formula for all hair types so your path to soft, smooth hair is perfectly clear.

What I say: HH Touchably Smooth is one of the best smelling conditioner's I've ever smelled. It smells like a bed of beautiful flowers on a warm spring This conditioner definitely makes my hair feel extra soft, however it really does not live up to the claim of making hair smooth. The few times I've used it for a leave in, I found that it doesn't play very nice with other products, such as oils and gels. I honestly can't be too disappointed that it's not a great leave-in because it wasn't specifically designed for that purpose. I believe that this conditioner would be great to use in the summer time for co-washing. Will I use the rest of my stash? Of course. I love the smell, I love the way it makes my hair feel. Will I ever buy it again? I'm still not sure about that. It has some good qualities, but I've used better. It really depends how well it blocks humidity during warmer weather.

Tangle Teezer - First Impressions

I received my Tangle Teezer about 2 weeks ago. I've used it once on myself to detangle after clarifying and deep conditioning. My hair was soaking wet with no product for detangling. At first I was hesitant to use this brush without a detangling product, but it was a breeze. I was able to detangle my entire head in about 5-10 minutes. It usually takes approximately 20 minutes. The best part is, I experienced absolutely no breakage. I was quite impressed.

I've also been using the Tangle Teezer on my son's hair. The first time I used it on him was to dry detangle before I washed his hair. His hair is generally fairly easy to comb through, whether it was dry,wet, or damp, but this time it was completely effortless and took practically no time at all. I did notice one downside to dry detangling...there were a few broken hairs, but not enough to be completely distraught about. 

The next time I used it on his hair, I dampened it a little with a few spritzes of water. It was still very easy to use and an added broken hairs. So for now on, I'll be sure that his hair is at least damp when I use the Tangle Teezer.

So far, I can say that I'm in love with the Tangle Teezer. I will be taking Curly Nikki's advice to not use excessively and keep a check on my son's ends as well as mine because we both have thin strands of hair and it seems that a few thinned haired people have expressed adverse effects from using the Tangle Teezer.

The next time I use it on my self I'll be sure to do a video.

Monday, February 28, 2011

End of Month Check-in - Feb

I skipped my mid month weigh end because I really didn't feel motivated to continue on the weight loss journey. I honestly didn't notice the results of my hard work, so I just did not want to be disappointed. However, this past week I went to visit my biggest critic and biggest mom. She immediately told me that my weight loss was noticeable and I probably shouldn't loss too much more weight, but simply focus on toning. Hearing that from her gave me the push I needed to continue my journey to a healthier more fit me.

Anyway, enough procrastinating...on to the good stuff. When I stepped on the scale today, it said 142.3. I loss a little over 5 lbs this month. Smiley To most people, that may not seem like a lot, but I was thrilled beyond measure. I had to do a little dance. Smiley I'm in it, to win it.

Next Goal: Have a firmer, flatter stomach by my 26th birthday.  2 months 13 days to work on it.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tangle Teezer

The Tangle Teezer has been the new "it" thing in the natural hair community for the last couple of months.  I have seen mostly positive reviews from woman with various textures, density, length and curl patterns. It was so much positive press that I am intrigued to try it myself...and I'm certainly not one to jump on bandwagons. Lucky for me I actually won one from a give away by youtuber jcokes7 (thanks girl), so I will be receiving it soon to give a review.

Here's what the makers of Tangle Teezer have to say about their tool:

Do you suffer with tangle prone hair?

           Ask yourself - are you a hair criminal who is repeatedly guilty of torturing your hair with inappropriate brushes or combs that only tug, tighten and tear tangles from your hair? If the answer is yes, help is at hand. Hair rehabilitation is painless and easy with Tangle Teezer. Change your hair brush not your lifestyle.   
A Tangle Teezer hair brush will break the cycle of broken hair and give tangled hair the brush off. A revolution in detangling hair, it has the ability to flex and not pull upon contact with tangles, gently and effortlessly delivering smooth and shiny hair in an instant.
Here are some of the reviews from youtube:
Hope these help. I will be doing a review soon.